Crunchy Chickpeas With Sesame, Cumin and Lime
It's a bit more work than just tossing chickpeas, oil and spices together onto a sheet pan, but dry-roasting the beans first, then stirring them into oil that's been infused with spices encourages the seasoning to cling to the bean. Here, nutty sesame seeds are combined with earthy cumin before being tossed with roasted chickpeas and a little lime zest for brightness. They make a nice addition to a charcuterie plate or as a topping for roasted vegetables such as carrots or baby turnips. They also make a great high-protein snack for kids of all ages.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1(15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and patted very dry
- 1 ½teaspoons sesame seeds
- 2tablespoons olive oil
- 1teaspoon cumin
- 2teaspoons lime zest
- Kosher salt
Step 1Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread chickpeas out evenly on a sheet pan and roast until crisp and golden in spots, shaking the pan occasionally, about 20 to 25 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the chickpeas hang out for another 10 to 15 minutes, checking in occasionally to make sure they do not burn. This will help keep them crunchy for an extended period of time.
Step 2While the chickpeas roast, toast the sesame seeds in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring often so they do not burn, about 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside and wipe out the skillet. Using the same pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat and add the cumin. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sesame seeds back to the skillet and stir together.
Step 3Add the chickpeas directly to the skillet and toss together until everything is well coated. Remove from the heat, stir in lime zest and season well with salt. Serve warm. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week.